The American Soldier in Arab Novels

Blasim further said, in an interview for Barnes & Noble, that he didn’t write about Americans, and indeed “deliberately ignored stories of American soldiers, the kind that appear in Iraqi and American literature and art, either as heroes, victims, or criminals.”

‘They Kill Translators, Don’t They?’

I often---perhaps too often---think about translation. Lately, I've been mulling the penchant of book reviewers to sigh about any text not originally in English (that they didn't entirely love): Well, who knows, this was probably the fault of that translator. (The translator is invisible, the reviewer doesn't know much about him/her, but---anyway---it was probably that person's fault.)